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Saitama Next Theatre's final performance
『Uka no Kemono』

Saitama Next Theater’s final performance is scheduled! A new work written by Yohei Hosokawa(horobite) directed by Ryo Iwamatsu!

 

August, 5(Thu) ~ 15(Sun), 2021

TICKET INFO

ON SALE TO GENERAL PUBLIC

May.29.2021 / 10:00am-

SAITAMA ARTS FOUNDATION MEMBERS PRESALE

May.22.2021 / 10:00am-

The「Saitama Next Theater」started in 2009 as a project for training young actors. The productions that were created from the intensive time spent with Yukio Ninagawa, the leader of the group, received the Yomiuri Theater Award for Excellence for two consecutive productions, and also achieving a successful results in overseas performances of『Raven, we chamber bullets』and『Richard II』a collaboration with Saitama Gold Theater. Even after Ninagawa’s passing in 2016, the members who were trained by him continue to show their full presence in the new series「Theater on the World’s Front Lines」and outside performances. This year, 13 years after the start of their activities, the 14 members, from the first to the fourth generation, with an average age of 34, will end the activities of “Saitama Next Theater” with their final performance in August.

 

The script and direction were an exciting combination worthy of the group’s finale. It will be directed by Ryo Iwamatsu, who has written three plays for the Gold Theatre and is highly trusted by Ninagawa. The Gold Theatre’s『Usui Momoiro no Katamari』(2017), which won the Tsuruya Nanboku Drama Award, was also well received by the Saitama Next Theatre members. In response to Iwamatsu’s suggestion to “use a playwright who would lead the next generation”, Yohei Hosokawa, who runs the theater company「horobite」was chosen to write the script. He’s a playwright who is now attracting attention in the theater world, as his play『Bo-Daa』which was staged in 2020, received high reviews from several critics. Hosokawa, who has never written for outside companies before, will write a new piece for Saitama Next Theater. This final performance will be the culmination of 13 years of activities, so please look forward to it.

SHOW INFO

Dates

Aug.5-Aug.15.2021

August 13 (Fri.) *At the 6:30 p.m. performance, a camera will be set up inside the venue for video recording.

Venue

Saitama Arts Theater / NINAGAWA STUDIO (Main Rehearsal Hall)

Written by

Yohei Hosokawa

Directed by

Ryo Iwamatsu

Cast

Saitama Next Theatre

Presented and Produced by

Saitama Arts Foundation

Profile

 

Yohei Hosokawa
Playwright, director, actor, leader of Horobite.
Born in Saitama, Japan in 1978. Dropped out of the first faculty of literature at Waseda University. While a student at Waseda University, he formed the theater company「Water Music」, which he wrote and directed, within the Waseda University Theater Club, and was active in it until 2006. He also participated as an actor in「Theatrical Bento Neko Nya~」for all performances from 2000 until its breakup in 2004. He launched his solo company「Horobite」in 2009 and the company has been in full swing since 2015. As an actor, he has appeared in many films and stage productions.

 


 

 

Ryo Iwamatsu
Playwright, director and actor.
Born in Nagasaki, Japan in 1952. In 1986, he began writing and directing for Tokyo Kandenchi, starting with the「The Town Series Trilogy」and in 1989 won the Kishida Kunio Drama Award for「Futon and Daruma」. Since then, he has produced a number of works to the public. In 1993, he won the Kinokuniya Theatre Award(Individual Award) for「Kowareyuku Otoko」and「Hato wo Kau Shimai」, and in 1998, the Yomiuri Literary Award for「TV Days」. He won the Tsuruya Nanboku Drama Award for his performance of「Usui Momoiro no Katamari」(written and directed) at Saitama Gold Theater in 2017. As an actor, he has appeared in many TV dramas, movies, and stage performances.

 

 

Saitama Next Theater This theater group was founded in 2009 by Yukio Ninagawa, the former artistic director, with the aim of「training young actors who will lead the next generation」. The group started with 44 members selected by audition from 1,225 applicants. Received the Yomiuri Theater Award of Excellence for two consecutive productions: the second performance of『The Legend of the Beautiful』and the third performance of 『「Hamlet」by Pale Boys and Girls in 2012』. In 2014, participated in a world tour of five cities in three countries with『Raven, we chamber bullets』, a collaboration with Saitama Gold Theatre. Won the Hayakawa「Tragicomedy」Award for his 6th performance of『Richard II』in 2003. In 2004, the same play was invited by the「Craiova International Shakespeare Festival」and toured Romania. In 2017, had a wonderful collaboration with Saitama Gold Theatre in their performance of『Usui Momoiro no Katamari』. In 2018, began a new series,「Theatre on the World’s Front Lines」with the first production,『Djihad』, the second,『The Third Generation』, and the third,『Lilacs in the Morning』. In December 2020, staged a reading performance of『Six Characters in Search of the Author』, which was highly acclaimed. Average age 34.1 years old, with 14 members from the first to fourth generation (as of April 1, 2021).

TICKET INFO

PRICES

4,000yen 
SAFMembers 3,600yen
U25* 3,000yen
 

*Ages 25 and under: Proof of eligibility must be shown for U25 concessions at the entrance of the theater/hall on the day of the performance.

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May.29.2021 / 10:00am-
May.22.2021 / 10:00am-

 

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